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  • Writer's pictureSteve McAtee

How Can We Best Illustrate the Trinity

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

Notes compiled by Marty Zide and Steve McAtee

Many individuals have come up with various analogies to try to help people better understand the concept of the Trinity.

Various Illustrations:


a tree

a three-leaf clover

a human being

an egg

All such analogies are inadequate and breakdown when trying to be used to illustrate the concept of the Trinity.

Is. 40:12-18 -Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, And marked off the heavens by the span, And calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, And weighed the mountains in a balance And the hills in a pair of scales? Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, Or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did he consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge And informed Him of the way of understand-ing? Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, And are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales; Behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust. Even Lebanon is not enough to burn, Nor its beasts enough for a burnt offering. All the nations are as nothing before Him, They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless. To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him?

It is not possible to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity with temporal things. It goes way beyond our ability to comprehend it as taught in Scripture. We take it by faith. All false religions and cults deny the Trinity thus making them inadequate forms of beliefs that cannot save a soul. The Trinity is one of those essential teachings that must be believed in for salvation to take place.

How important is the Bible’s teaching about the Trinity? The truth of the doctrine of the Trinity is absolutely essential if one is to have true faith. Everything rises or falls with a correct understanding of this central teaching. This truth separates true faith from every false religion.

Coming Next – God The Father


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